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From Ross Gardler <>
Subject Re: input.wordpress (was Re: potential new plugin)
Date Wed, 01 Oct 2008 14:44:54 GMT
David Crossley wrote:
> Ross Gardler wrote:
>> Brian M Dube wrote:
>>> David Crossley wrote:
>>>> The dependencies on the main facilities (e.g. WordPress and MySql)
>>>> seem okay to me. I expect that they would be treated as
>>>> system requirements, i.e. there is no use for the plugin if
>>>> there is no server available to connect to and extract content from.
>>> (Snip)
>>>> Some of them (e.g. ehcache) are already in forrest core lib
>>>> but need to to updated.
>>>> If Forrest followed our usual technique of re-distributing
>>>> the supporting jars as a convenience, then definitely there
>>>> are some in that list that cannot be re-distributed:
>>>> e.g. hibernate - See 150 hits for that word on legal-discuss@
>>>> especially LEGAL-7 (and its linked issues) and the responses
>>>> to that and to LEGAL-9.
>>>> e.g. mysql-connector-java - I expect that there would be
>>>> similar issues. Is there no suitably licensed alternative?
>>> I haven't found one. I don't have the energy to make the plugin work
>>> without Hibernate and the MySQL driver. I'm happy to make the code
>>> available elsewhere, but this is a blocker to host it here. Note I
>>> have not contacted legal-discuss. The time and energy for that is
>>> lacking, too.
>> If there is no way of getting into Forrest ...
> We don't know that yet. Brian is not the only person
> in this community. It is a pity that no-one can make
> the effort to follow up on such legal aspects.

Peronslly I don't need to follow up. There is GPL code - that's the end 
of the story for the ASF. I too have looked for alternatives in the past 
- they don't (to my knowedge exist) and I've wasted much time on this in 
the past.

I'm offering a solution. If others want to follow up on the legal front 
fine - for me it is a dead end so lets get the code where it can be used.


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